Puppets, masked theatre and workshops


Shake Shake Theatre was founded in 2014, when Pierre Filliez and Jessica Nicholls began collaborating on their first puppet show, ‘The Story of Mr B’. They have since created many more shows, toured around Europe, conducted an array of creative workshops…gotten married and had a daughter ❤️

From script to stage, they enjoy handcrafting stories, puppets, masks, shadow figures and entire sets in order to tell heartfelt stories. Their family-friendly work tends to focus on humanity, humour, sustainability and sharing.

Pierre Filliez is Swiss and completed his diploma in Physical Theatre at the International Theater School of Jaques Lecoq in Paris. In Switzerland he produced and played in various theatre and puppet shows. He teaches masked theatre and puppetry. As well as working with Shake Shake Theatre, he collaborates regularly with Drehbühne Berlin and produces commissioned art works internationally. www.pierrefilliez.com

Jessica Nicholls is Australian, with a BA in Theatre/Media from Charles Sturt University, Australia. In Italy she studied Commedia dell’ Arte, comic acting and mask making with Antonio Fava. She has toured puppet shows around Australia, the UK and Ireland, Switzerland & Germany with School Performance Tours, Vision Mechanics and Shake Shake Theatre. She created Chookas Theatre and has collaborated frequently with Drehbühne Berlin.

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Jessica Nicholls & Pierre Filliez